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trickery Quotes

23 of the best book quotes about trickery
  1. #1
    “Gollum’s eyes glinted. ‘He doesn’t know what we minds, does he, precious?‘”
  2. #2
    “‘What’s happened?’ screamed Mrs. Twit. They stood in the middle of the room, looking up. All the furniture, the big table, the chairs, the sofa, the lamps, the little side tables, the cabinet with bottles of beer in it, the ornaments, the electric heater, the carpet, everything was stuck upside down to the ceiling. The pictures were upside down on the walls. And the floor they were standing on was absolutely bare. What’s more, it had been painted white to look like the ceiling.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    The Twits
    character
    Mrs. Twit
    concept
    trickery
  3. #3
    “‘Hey, my spaghetti’s moving!’ cried Mr. Twit, poking around in it with his fork.
    ‘It’s a new kind,’ Mrs. Twit said, taking a mouthful from her own plate which of course had no worms. ‘It’s called Squiggly Spaghetti. It’s delicious. Eat it up while it’s nice and hot.’
  4. #4
    “Suddenly, as Mr. Twit tipped the last drop of beer down his throat, he caught sight of Mrs. Twit’s awful glass eye staring up at him from the bottom of the mug. It made him jump.
    ‘I told you I was watching you,’ cackled Mrs. Twit. ‘I’ve got eyes everywhere so you’d better be careful.‘”
  5. #5
    “You can play a lot of tricks with a glass eye because you can take it out and pop it back in again any time you like. You can bet your life Mrs. Twit knew all the tricks.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    The Twits
    character
    Mrs. Twit
    concept
    trickery
  6. #6
    “To pay her back for the glass eye in his beer, Mr. Twit decided he would put a frog in Mrs. Twit’s bed. He caught a big one down by the pond and carried it back secretly in a box. That night when Mrs. Twit was in the bathroom getting ready for bed, Mr. Twit slipped the frog between her sheets. Then he got into his own bed and waited for the fun to begin.”
  7. #7
    “He is quiet and small, he is black
    From his ears to the tip of his tail;
    He can creep through the tiniest crack
    He can walk on the narrowest rail.
    He can pick any card from a pack,
    He is equally cunning with dice;
    He is always deceiving you into believing
    That he’s only hunting for mice.
    He can play any trick with a cork
    Or a spoon and a bit of fish-paste;
    If you look for a knife or a fork
    And you think it is merely misplaced -
    You have seen it one moment, and then it is gawn!
    But you’ll find it next week lying out on the lawn.
    And we all say: OH!
    Well I never!
    Was there ever
    A Cat so clever
    As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!”
  1. #8
    “But it’s a trick, Tally. You’ve only seen pretty faces your whole life. Your parents, your teachers, everyone over sixteen. But you weren’t born expecting that kind of beauty in everyone, all the time. You just got programmed into thinking anything else is ugly.”
  2. #9
    “I’m not going to trip him. I’m gonna lead him right where he’s dying to go. ”
  3. #10
    “I may not be as stong as I think, but I know many tricks and I have resolution.”
  4. #11
    “I made a lot of exits through side doors, down fire escapes or over rooftops. I abandoned more wardrobes in the course of five years than most men acquire in a lifetime. I was slipperier than a buttered escargot.”
  5. #12
    “Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.”
  6. #13
    “Memory is, of course, a trickster.”
  7. #14
    “They harried his hitherto peaceful domains; smoked out his singing school, by stopping up the chimney; broke into the school-house at night, in spite of its formidable fastenings of withe and window stakes, and turned every thing topsy-turvy: so that the poor schoolmaster began to think all the witches in the country held their meetings there.”
  1. #15
    “Howl was on the tossing, nearly sinking ship below. He was a tiny black figure now, leaning against the bucking mainmast. He let the Witch know she had missed by waving at her cheekily. The Witch saw him the instant he waved. Cloud, Witch, and all at once became a savagely swooping red bird, diving at the ship.
    The ship vanished. The mermaids sang a doleful scream. There was nothing but sulkily tossing water where the ship had been. But the diving bird was going too fast to stop. It plunged into the sea with a huge splash.
    Everyone on the quayside cheered.”
  2. #16
    “It was too late. Exactly as he spoke, Polly’s hand went out to touch one of the rings. And immediately, without a flash or a noise or a warning of any sort, there was no Polly. Digory and his Uncle were alone in the room.”
  3. #17
    “Oh come, now, you don’t mean to let on that you like it?”
    The brush continued to move.
    “Like it? Well I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”
    That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth—stepped back to note the effect—added a touch here and there—criticized the effect again—Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed. Presently he said:
    “Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.”
  4. #18
    “I tell myself that’s what you get when you put thirty-one toilets on the most popular girl’s front yard. People tend to treat you a little differently than before.”
    author
    Kathryn Stockett
    book
    The Help
    character
    Skeeter
    concept
    trickery
  5. #19
    “It was for one minute that I saw him, but the hair stood upon my head like quills. Sir, if that was my master, why had he a mask upon his face?”
  6. #20
    “There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.”
  7. #21
    You cannot say ‘no’ to the people you love, not often. That’s the secret. And then when you do, it has to sound like a ‘yes’. Or you have to make them say ‘no.’ You have to take time and trouble.
    author
    Mario Puzo
    book
    Godfather
    character
    Corleone
    concept
    trickery
  8. #22
    “You can’t have anything, you can’t have anything at all. Because desire just cheats you. It’s like a sunbeam skipping here and there about a room. It stops and gilds some inconsequential object, and we poor fools try to grasp it--but when we do the sunbeam moves on to something else, and you’ve got the inconsequential part, but the glitter that made you want it is gone--”
  9. #23
    “we shall advise this wronged maid
    to stead up your appointment, go in your place. If
    the encounter acknowledge itself hereafter, it may
    compel him to her recompense; and here, by this, is
    your brother saved, your honor untainted, the poor
    Mariana advantaged, and the corrupt deputy
    scaled. The maid will I frame and make fit for his
    attempt. If you think well to carry this as you may,
    the doubleness of the benefit defends the deceit
    from reproof. What think you of it? ”